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Grateful Dead Live at Auditorium Theatre on 1976-06-29

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Grateful Dead Live at Auditorium Theatre on 1976-06-29

Topics Live concert

Tennessee Jed, Cassidy, Peggy-O, Mama Tried, Mission In The Rain, Looks Like Rain, Brown Eyed Women, Lazy Lightning-> Supplication, Row Jimmy, The Music Never Stopped, Might As Well Samson & Delilah, Candyman, Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> The Wheel-> Playin' In The Band-> Saint Stephen-> Not Fade Away-> Saint Stephen-> One More Saturday Night, E: U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Auditorium Theatre
Location Chicago, IL

Source Soundboard
Lineage 7in two track BBD reel @ 7 1/2 ips > PCM501ES @ 44.055 kHz PCM501ES analog out > Fostex D5 @ 48 kHz > DAT > ZA2 > CDR > EAC > SHN
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7" two track BBD reel @ 7 1/2 ips > PCM501ES @ 44.055 kHz PCM501ES analog out > Fostex D5 @ 48 kHz > DAT > ZA2 > CDR > EAC > SHN; via Jeff Tiedrich, David Hollister, Mike (Dank Star) Parrillo, Andy Gustin; with interleaved reel splices for completeness


Reviewer: Estimatedjohn - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 2, 2011
Subject: happy!
well so far i only heard one person complain,some people really dont know what real music sounds like!but anyways good show,cassidy,mission in the rain,looks like rain,canyman the list goes on and on!great sound
Reviewer: mistia629 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 29, 2011
Subject: My Birthday Show!!!
I am so incredibly excited - this is what the Dead were doing on the day I was born! I have been looking for this for years now, and I am so thankful to have found it. Looks Like Rain is absolutely beautiful - I will enjoy listening to this for years to come.
Reviewer: monkspiano - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 25, 2010
Subject: bobbys redemption song
Bobby takes a good deal of grief at times.Looks like rain, here, is worth the price of admission.Equals Mission ,in my opinion, for its just "rightness".Jerry nails all the changes and Bob and Donna sing in key.What more?
Lovely show.Thanks boys.
Reviewer: grifftrain2000 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 10, 2010
Subject: 6-29-76
Im reading some mixed reviews about this show. I think this show is worthy of 5 stars.On my stereo system, this is about as good sounding show as I have. No hiss at all. Recording levels are perfect. Great show to boot. Tenn Jed starts off with a nice mellow groove and it gets better from there. Someone on here once said "this site is like mining for gold". I totally agree. With all the different phases of the Dead, when you find a "nugget" that you love is such a great feeling. My favorite shows may not be your favorites, but we can all agree there is gold in here for sure
Reviewer: vologases - favoritefavorite - July 30, 2010
Subject: are we listening to the same show??
i tried to listen to playin' but jerry is lost, just noodling on his own. It sounds a sloppy mess! He just seems off by a 1/4 beat this whole show.

I understand that people have their fav eras or some just like the '76 sound but how is this a 4+ star show?? Lets get some perspective and save the 5 stars for when the band is ON and tight and inspired.

Sound quality is great tho, with keith maybe a bit too loud.
Reviewer: StringCheeseIncidentNumero1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 5, 2010
Subject: Playing in the band. Day break on the land.
Move with the groove. :) Awesome. Ooober funky.
Reviewer: spinalpap - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 17, 2008
Subject: Nice show
Really solid show from a great era. Sound quality is terrific to me. I have it piped through my stereo and it sounds clear as a bell, no hissing or audio distortion at all from what I can tell.
Reviewer: Dylan M - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 1, 2008
Subject: Amazing
Easy to see why they picked this Wheel for the So Many Roads Box set. The playin' that surrounds it is surreal.

This show has one of those bone chillingly amazing feels. No flubs, all buisness.

Mission in the Rain is simply the best live version found here. Jerry, Donna and Bobby sing it more beautifully than any other rendition of JGB, allthough those are good as well.

Every single song has on and Keith is not wasted and is playing beautifully. How this full show went under the radar of Lavata's collection or the download series i'll never know.

Grateful to own this SBD, anyone want it?
Reviewer: buscameby - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 1, 2007
Subject: Love this period
This is a great time for the band I think. Donna was overcoming her stepping on Bob & Jerry and finding a nice place.

Sound is strong and the energy seemed really happy after their sebatacle, they had some great new tunes and were ready for hitting the road again.
Reviewer: tommorgan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 5, 2007
Subject: Row !
Super creeper Row Jimmy, lov'n it
Some folks can't handle that waaaay laid back groove, time and place man time and place
Reviewer: smgarcia - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2006
Subject: smallz
You got it right, an orgasmic Donna at the end of the show. I wish I orgasmed with her. She is simply beautiful.

Speaking of Donna, she is starting to sing better, admittedly her wails from 72-74 did distract from songs. She gets really good in 77 and 78, then tails off in 79 from doing too much pot and coke.

She is still beautiful and I'm so happy she was a member of the dead for almost a decade.
Reviewer: smallz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 19, 2006
Subject: Row Jimmy... exquisitely played and one of the finest renditions I've ever heard. The mellowest song in a very mellow show. So mellow, in fact, that Donna gives an orgasmic "ohh" during the chorus at the end of the show...priceless! Classic '76 show with excellent sound quality.
Reviewer: williamtell - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 1, 2006
Subject: pure love
Have to agree with Finster baby. Sound sweet. As if rediscovering the love the band feels for its music and playing with each other, you can actually hear how Jer and the gang cherish each note. Nothing wasted, precise, sweet. Jer's voice sounds sweet. I think you can really start to hear how rejuvinated the band is in this period after the hiatus, the long studio/rehersal stint for the Blues for Allah album then the start of full force touring again. You can hear them smiling. They love it. Wish I had been there. So much excitement despite the layed back tempo. Set 1 is brilliant for a nice easy Sunday morning of kicking back. Mission is the sweet icing on the cake. You can't go wrong. Download now.
Reviewer: rollandfin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 21, 2006
Subject: sweet
the Mission is well known and justified, the last time played?!?!?!?! Maybe they felt they perfected it, and choose a new challange. Thankfully this was not the last peggy-o of the sweet 70's but this is one of the best for sure. Really love the Cassidy and Candyman too, Keith was on. Jerry and Keith Unite!
Reviewer: cousinkix1953 - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 13, 2005
Subject: Download at Your own Risk
A fine show; but the levels are almost buried in the noise floor! You might experience a bit too much hiss by cranking them up before recording. Better copies exist...
Reviewer: L. Rosley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 3, 2005
Subject: A Good Run
A good show in a good run of shows. The St. Stephen and Not Fade Away have a really nice swinging groove here. Listen to those if nothing else.

With this show and others from this year, the last songs are not throw-aways. This One More Saturday Night is musical, the vocals are right on, Jerry and Keith are as tight with the band as in any song of the night.

If you like this one, you'll also like the 6/27 show. It's an audience recording-- a good one, though the sound is not as good as this. But I think that show is even better than this one.

If you're not familiar with the 1976 sound, listen these two shows at least twice each. You'll gain an appreciation for yet another unique-sounding and top-notch Grateful Dead era.
Reviewer: Finster Baby - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 27, 2005
Subject: Sloooow and Sweeeet
Best of '76? It has to rank right up there! It's hard to describe how good this show is. Everyone sounds to be in the groove here, especially Jerry and Keith. I once heard it said that Jerry had an ability to play it "SWEET" like no other guitar player could. This is a classic example!!! The tempo of the individual songs as well as the show as a whole just seem to ease along like a lazy summer afternoon. Jerry is just hittin' it sweet and mellow and Keith's fills both surprise and delight. From start to finish this is just PURE MUSICAL JOY!!!!
I can't stress enough how awesome this is.
Download today...Don't delay!!
Reviewer: tikijason - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 17, 2005
Subject: NONE From The Vault?
I used to own a bootleg copy of this show on cd... back in the days before cdr... and I remember the liner notes mentioning that this show sounds so nice because it was chosen as one of several shows for the upcoming "One From The Vault" release and was remastered by The Dead before the final show was chosen, and this show was scrapped. Can anyone confirm or deny this?
Reviewer: Gallium - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 9, 2005
Subject: Mission in the Rain
done by the dead to perfection, here.

said to be the last one they did, I can see why! When you play a song that well it must feel like everything that needed to be said has been.
Reviewer: ByTor: King of the Ice and Snow - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 4, 2005
Subject: Outstanding!!!
Another 5 star, A+++ Recording, of a truly awesome show! "Supplication" and "Saturday Night" truly kicked it out! I wan't quite old enough to be into the Dead back in '76, but if I had, I certaily would have left the third grade to go hang out as a pre-teen hippie on this tour, if the sounds were as gelled as this show offers us today.....
Reviewer: ncpanic1013 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 4, 2005
Subject: opinions are like a**holes.....
everyone has one and they all stink......

i totally disagree with the last post...this is a STELLAR show.....the songs are played VERY well...on point with very few flubs....DO NOT PASS THIS UP! great sound......
Reviewer: Nuggets - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 28, 2005
Subject: A little disappointed...
For the longest time I have heard people raving about this show. It got really good reviews on her so I figured what the hell. To be perfectly honest this show is a little disappointing. To me a boring setlist, the sound quality is good but not great and to me the songs arenÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt played that well. I all honest there other 76's I would get before this one. I know this has the Betty Board tag on it but donÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt be fooled itÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs a pretty ordinary show. Check out 6/14/76 for an awesome 76 Betty Board that juts rips.
Reviewer: stratocaster - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 25, 2005
Subject: Tennessee Jed
Polka is right on the money with the T-Jed review below...this is one of the all-time Tennessee Jed' of the show is vintage 76'...check out 10-10-82 for a perfect T-Jed...
Reviewer: Polka - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 2, 2005
Subject: My First Tape!
Standout show in a standout year. Can't get enough of that slow, silky groove laid down in '76.

Alltime Jed. Top LL>S. Row Jimmy on a par with the best, and thoroughly jammed. All in all, one of the greatest Dead 1st sets.

Sound A
Show A+

(I don't give out 5's much....this is one)
Reviewer: c-dog - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 16, 2005
Subject: This is excellent
Really, really good, rich sound. Sick 2nd set.
Reviewer: PHIL FACTOR - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 2, 2005
Subject: Funk'n '76 Lovin' the Groove!!!
So what's up with so many Heads bashing ' 76? Don't get me wrong, I realize that there were better years (' 72,' 73, and ' 77 for example), but there is ample evidence to make a case for the Bicentennial as a great Dead Year. For example, 1976 had a laid-back funky groove that is quite unlike the sound from any other period in the band's history. The set lists from ' 76 are not known for song diversity; due to the boys relearning the material and the reintegration of Mickey Hart into the band, but there were some extremely interesting song pairings and combinations that were also unique to the period, and the songs they did play were pretty hot. Killer new material (Help>Slip>Franklin's, Lazy Lightning>supplication,etc.). Killer old school songs (St. Stephen, Cosmic Charlie) dusted off and freshly arranged. Plus one or two great songs that only played a few times (Mission in the Rain). Furthurmore, the soundboards from the period are so crispy and have great clarity, with Keith's piano and Bobby's guitar more prominant in the mix than at any other time in the band's history (a good thing). Phil's bass sounds so good and his playing is so...slippery! That's the best word I can come up with to describe it. And last but not least, Jerry! So soulful, so clear and focused, and funky as hell! Singing great as well.
Enough of my preaching about the virtues of DEAD YEAR 1976, the reason I chose this show is because I figured if I was going to rant in such a manner I 'd better have the goods to back it up. A great show and an incredible soundboard. Such a kind groove throughout. This and a few other shows (6/9,7/18,9/25,10/9,10/10,10/15,12/31) are the best of the year, and what a year!
This was my first review and was something I have been needing to get off my chest for a hot minute. In the future I will try to focus more on the particulars of the show itself rather than using the show, as a whole , to prove a point or as an example of some grandiose ideal. Anyway, this really is a great show... many highlights(Mission...,Row Jimmy,etc.)too many to mention...worthy download...I was four in ' 76...I will shut up now. Namaste!
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 28, 2004
Subject: Playin one of the best
This is a long and very trippy version of what was to come at the orpheum shows - whole show is very hot tenn jed, lazy lightning>supp. This is a great show and while I have had this board on tape since the early 80's have not heard it in a while and this is a much better copy. Chi shows had alot of personality...
Reviewer: gemsing777 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 21, 2004
Subject: breezy fluffy, poffy, poffy, poof, intricately splendid and spectacular
I'm about to listen to this 76 again instead of explore the 1000's of other shows I haven't listened to yet...This show is guaranteed to put the listener in a zone of universal comprehension, timeless transcendent trances, and profound contemplation of time, space, ego, and all that defines reality as we know it. Crisp 5 star sound is the least of this review. The band was simply tapped into a deeper rhythm of life in this era which comes through in this show like few others do in any time era of Grateful Dead Productions. Let your ears and mind taste this show and never be quite the same again....
Reviewer: Joe Shlobotnick - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 21, 2004
Subject: Mission
One of my first bootlegs as well. I love those 76 intro's to Wheel. Mission is great, as is the Candyman... again, I love the slow, laid back feel of 76 shows. Wonderful sound.
Reviewer: Hydroform DWM - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 25, 2004
Subject: Quite possibly, the most underrated Dead show of all time!
Terrific setlist including Mission in the Rain and Might as Well, giving it '76 context.

The songs melt, and I'd go so far as to say this is a top 5 of all time show.

The highlight is Row Jimmy, during Jerry's second lead exploration (4:00-6:00). He turns his pedal steel into a pure extension of his soul. His ability to communicate directly from his creative internal energy is crystallized in this musical dialogue. I have no doubt this is the best Row Jimmy the Dead have ever played. Hands Down!
Reviewer: Harper42 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 15, 2004
Subject: Good show. Very Mellow
Mostly a laid back feel to this one. It has a good vibe to it and everyone plays pretty well together, especially in the second set. Even Donna manages to sing in key from time to time.
Reviewer: Harper42 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 15, 2004
Subject: Good show. Very Mellow
Mostly a laid back feel to this one. It has a good vibe to it and everyone plays pretty well together, especially in the second set. Even Donna manages to sing in key from time to time.
Reviewer: Wharf Rat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 21, 2004
Subject: Noteworthy
Last Mission (by the Dead), a beautiful song. And this second set's a killer. I had the first set for a couple years before I found the second. What a nice surprise that was! Super kicked-back Stephen. This is one of the bootlegs I cut my teeth on. A spectacular show (4 stars, because there are a lot of other high-powered super-crispy shows on the archive). But this one's a gem. Definitely well-worth the DL.
Reviewer: raintheory - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 6, 2004
Subject: Need I say more?
Playin>Drums>Wheel>Playin>St Stephen>NFA>St Stephen>One More Sat Night...

Thats all I can say...
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